really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,500 miles

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2002 Nissan Pathfinder engine problems

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2002 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 212008


  • miles


We have been loyal Nissan customers since 1987 and my 2002 pathfiner started making a loud rattling noise. We had it towed to the dealership and the technician checked it out and told us that 2 screws had fallen out of the power valve and were bouncing around in the cylinder, and there was nothing we had done wrong. It is a design flaw that Nissan refuse to correct. I am told it could have been corrected for $150. The cost of repair the Pathfinder is $7,899.99 which Nissan North american has refuse to pay. We have talked to their Consumer Affairs specialist and she refuse to authorize the dealership to fix this problem. After being a loyal Nissan customer since 1987, I do not understand why they refuses to help us. I have a 1994 with over 100,000 miles on it and never had any engine problems. I went on line and find out that many Nissan Pathfinder customers are having the same problem. We kept the oil changed every 2,000-2,500 miles. I need help.

- Portsmouth, VA, USA

problem #3

Jul 122007


  • 65,000 miles
Cracked resonator/catalytic converter at 60K miles. Was told that the parts were no covered by Nissan, that there hasn't been a recall, but to purchase a 'fix' kit. It appears that this is common with the Pathfinder and Nissan will not recall the items.

- Northampton, MA, USA

problem #2

May 192007

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles
Mt 2002 Pathfinder started to develop overheating problems at about 97,000 miles. Dealership replaced water pump, and flushed out cooling system. At 120,000 miles, radiator became clogged with a substance the was unknown. The vehicle is now on the fifth radiator, and each one has been plugged by the same substance - aluminum oxide. At this point there is no failure, but tech person at dealership believes that failure is inevitable, and we really do not know what will happen. The only thing that has been done to date was to replace almost the entire cooling system that can be replaced. Nissan global, and Nissan North America will do nothing.

- Mauk, GA, USA

problem #1

Oct 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
I was completely stopped at an atm waiting for my turn, I had been stopped for serveral minutes. Suddenly, my car revved up and accelerated forward fast, brakes were engaged. I tried turning to avoid the truck ahead of me. Struck the truck, went over a curb, down an emabnkment where I struck a tree, and ended up in a different parking lot where the Nissan Pathfinder finally came to a stop. At no time did my foot leave the brake pedal. Had car towed to dealer. They contacted Nissan in san diego and were instructed to not have anyone touch the car until they flew out an engineer and possibly a lawyer. Ten days later, the engineer finally arrived. He stated several times that I would be "lucky" if he was able to compile, analyze, and present the findings to the Nissan legal team within the next 5 days. Shockingly, I received a call from Nissan Consumer Affairs in san diego not 2.5 hours after I left the shop here in Utah (where the engineer still was and had not visited the crash site yet to document it) stating they had determined that they were not responsible for the accident. Based on the time frame, I can not imagine that the engineer had even returned to san diego, let alone developed the 4-5 rolls of film he took and analyzed/compiled everything and presented it to the legal team. As mentioned, the crash was a result of a malfunction with the Nissan. I was completely stopped for a priod of time prior to this occuring. This is not the first time a Nissan Pathfinder has done this (as well as other models of their cars/trucks/SUVS). The NHTSA has numerous documents of this occuring. What can I do as a consumer as I am terrified to put my family back in that car and worry about the threat this car may pose to other individuals.

- Sandy, UT, USA

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